2008 Bigfoot Xtreme Trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-11-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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I just received the RVwest.com May eNewsletter‎, with the following item:
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[b]2008 BIGFOOT X-TREME TRAILER
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Bigfoot Industries is excited to introduce the all new T17.5GX Xtreme Trailer. The trailer is the first model in the brand new 2008 Bigfoot Xtreme product lineup.
I can't find anything about this on the Bigfoot website, so I can't provide any more information, but I noticed some interesting details:
  • the "Xtreme" designation applies to a "product line"; is this a trim variation, or a replacement of the standard product?
  • the model designation uses a "T" designation, like the existing non-moulded 3000-series models, not the "B" designation of the moulded 2500-series models (the series number is omitted, so the construction is not specified)
  • the image suggests a continuation of the upper-and-lower-shell moulded construction
  • both the featured model (T17.5GX) and the other trailer model in the Xtreme line (T21RBX) appears to correspond to existing moulded products (25G17.5G and 25B21R, so it seems likely that it is only a trim level change, despite the change to the "T" designation
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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This quote from the site makes me think they're trying to appeal to younger buyers -- wealthy 30 year olds (usually an oxymoron). If the BF Sales manager (quoted) has ever attended a fiberglass gathering, he must know that most FG owners are retired or nearly so. The trailer's description makes the changes sound completely superficial.

"The Xtreme Trailer is designed to appeal to the adventurous customer whose lifestyle includes
outdoor extreme activities such as ATVing, motocross, mountain biking or 4x4ing. The durable design of the interior surfaces and fabrics, exterior graphics, all terrain tires and electronic features like I-pod ready stereos with powered subwoofer make this Trailer especially appealing to people who love to play hard."

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Old 05-13-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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Eric, I agree that this is likely a just a trim revision. The popularity of this type of theme in other types of RV makes it - in my opinion - a reasonable plan by Bigfoot, as long as they retain the standard trim for people who don't want "all terrain tires", although durable fabrics seem like a good idea to me.

If most egg owners are retired or nearly so, I don't fit in, and neither does the young family which sold it to me (they needed more space due to growing kids). Perhaps it's largely the retired and semi-retired who have a chance to get to the fiberglass gatherings? Whether Bigfoot is chasing people who buy these trailers but don't go to gatherings, or ones who don't typically get eggs, it's still worth a try.

I don't know where those 30 year olds get their money, either. I think they borrow it all...
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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If most egg owners are retired or nearly so, I don't fit in, and neither does the young family which sold it to me (they needed more space due to growing kids). Perhaps it's largely the retired and semi-retired who have a chance to get to the fiberglass gatherings? Whether Bigfoot is chasing people who buy these trailers but don't go to gatherings, or ones who don't typically get eggs, it's still worth a try.

I don't know where those 30 year olds get their money, either. I think they borrow it all...

Thanks for offering that explanation, which certainly makes sense. My Casita salesman indicated about 3/4 of his buyers were retired. I hope more young families will have the opportunity to enjoy them, as we do.

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"The Xtreme Trailer is designed to appeal to the adventurous customer whose lifestyle includes outdoor extreme activities such as ATVing, motocross, mountain biking or 4x4ing.
In other words, BigFoot is going after Southern California's weekend in the desert market. In a word: "Glamis"
It never ceases to amaze me the inventory of vehicles and petroleum products making the pilgrimage on I-10 east out of Los Angeles and I-8 east out of San Diego.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:22 AM   #6
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After a bit of searching, I found these photos of the 17.5' Xtreme travel trailer:

http://www.rosmanrv.com/bigfoot/trailers/x...ot_trailer.html

I must be getting older. While the options (e.g., iPod interface) seems interesting, the cosmetics are horrible - too many darn Bigfoot decals and pointless graphics, and lousy interior colors.

For what it's worth, I also heard that the non-Xtreme line will include some new features/options (e.g., a wired generator box at the front)

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Old 06-25-2007, 12:07 PM   #7
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After a bit of searching, I found these photos of the 17.5' Xtreme travel trailer:

http://www.rosmanrv.com/bigfoot/trailers/x...ot_trailer.html

I must be getting older. While the options (e.g., iPod interface) seems interesting, the cosmetics are horrible - too many darn Bigfoot decals and pointless graphics, and lousy interior colors.

For what it's worth, I also heard that the non-Xtreme line will include some new features/options (e.g., a wired generator box at the front)
Mike
Whoaaa...those are some bright colors. Now where is the bed that will comfortably sleep 2 adults? If Casita and Scamp and Escape can do it in a 17', I would really be excited to see Bigfoot do some reengineering to make it happen in theirs. And have an option to raise the axles and hitch so that those of us who would like to backroad can do so. I am 39 and wasn't born with a silver spoon in any orifice, so I have been saving up a long time and buying a TT is a huge investment which I take very seriously.
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Must say that if they are trying to appeal to 30 year olds it may be working, cause I'm over 50 and it doesn't appeal to me.
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:32 PM   #9
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Gee I think it looks great! I don't like the exterior decals, but the interior is nice, and the LED marker lights are super! I also like the nets that serve to contain cabinet contents. Nice touch - simple, lightweight and effective. I agree however that the great failing of the Bigfoot is the small beds. That interior looks good to me though! Alec
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Thanks for the link, Mike. Clearly, this is the 2500 series, in a new trim version.
  • I hate the decals, but would be optimistic that they would come off
  • The roof rail thing is bizarre - surely they don't expect you to walk around up there, and it's a lousy storage location, so why lug that huge structure around? The part down the front looks like an especially useless way to add weight, drag, and wind noise... but maybe they think it will make a good brush guard for the off-roaders?
  • the red isn't my favourite but the interior is fine with me otherwise
  • alloy wheels are good but even the non-Extreme has alloys available, and those tires don't look very functional
Still no sign of this package on the Bigfoot web site.
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...And have an option to raise the axles and hitch so that those of us who would like to backroad can do so...
Comparing the new photos and the standard product on the Bigfoot web site, it looks like the Extreme sits much higher, by several inches. Isn't that tall enough?
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Thanks for the link, Mike. Clearly, this is the 2500 series, in a new trim version.
  • I hate the decals, but would be optimistic that they would come off
  • The roof rail thing is bizarre - surely they don't expect you to walk around up there, and it's a lousy storage location, so why lug that huge structure around? The part down the front looks like an especially useless way to add weight, drag, and wind noise... but maybe they think it will make a good brush guard for the off-roaders?
  • the red isn't my favourite but the interior is fine with me otherwise
  • alloy wheels are good but even the non-Extreme has alloys available, and those tires don't look very functional
Still no sign of this package on the Bigfoot web site.
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I called Bigfoot to have more information sent to me. The guy on the phone said that the rails are for protection from brush when doing serious boondock bushwhacking.

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I called Bigfoot to have more information sent to me. The guy on the phone said that the rails are for protection from brush when doing serious boondock bushwhacking.
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Well, that would be a plus, but having just looked at a 2007 17CB and 17G model, I would be more concerned about the axle scraping the ground and the weird metal protective protrusion thingy (how is that for completely untechnical newbie-speak) on the bottom getting moored on a rough road... the clearance from the axle was extremely low... couldn't quite tell if the 08 axles are any higher, but I guess I am too close to 40 for the interior redesign to appeal to me...makes it look too much like a toyhauler.
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Well, that would be a plus, but having just looked at a 2007 17CB and 17G model, I would be more concerned about the axle scraping the ground and the weird metal protective protrusion thingy (how is that for completely untechnical newbie-speak) on the bottom getting moored on a rough road... the clearance from the axle was extremely low... couldn't quite tell if the 08 axles are any higher
While it is difficult to say for sure, from the pictures, I would guess that the visually taller Xtreme could be using a straight axle instead of the 4" drop axle employed on the regular 17.5 versions.

This would result in roughly 12" of clearance under the middle of the axle with 225/75/15 tires, which is probably significantly more than what exists under the "banjo" of most factory 4X4 truck axles. The drop axle on the standard 17.5 should have nearly 8" of clearance, not counting the underslung springs/spring plates which hang much lower - too low for really rough roads.

Personally, I couldn't imagine buying a brand new "Xtreme" and then proceed to bash it to pieces off road. I also am looking forward to inspecting one in person to see whether the frame and suspension components have been upgraded to measure up to the "image" or if this is more of a styling exercise.

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